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Prince Plots Three New Albums for 2009: "This Music Is Nasty, But It's Not Dirty"

January 5, 2009 10:45 AM ET

More details about Prince's busy 2009 have emerged: The Purple One will release not one, but three albums this year. The four songs he debuted on Los Angeles radio last month will appear on Lotus Flower (or Lotus Flow3r), the guitar-drenched LP of the trio. Also, there's the funkier MPLSOUND, the album that was hinted at when that mysterious Website streaming a new Prince song emerged and then disappeared. Finally, there's Elixir, a collaboration between Prince and his newest Wendy & Lisa/Vanity 6/Sheila E. protégé, Bria Valente. If Prince's confirmation of the three new albums to the Los Angeles Times wasn't proof enough for you, the Artist has also launched a new Website that seems like it's earmarked for the influx of new releases: Lotusflow3r.com.

With Prince vehemently against dealing with record labels at this point in his career, the new site prides itself as a place where fans can "Listen to new tracks by Prince and Special Guests," "Watch Videos and Exclusive Content" and "Buy music, concert tickets and more." So essentially, Prince is becoming a one-man Live Nation. Although the Lotusflow3r site isn't fully operational yet, three songs from each of the new albums are showcased: the previously radioed "Crimson & Clover" cover off Lotus Flower, MPLSOUND's "(There'll Never B) Another 1 Like Me" and the unheard "Here Eye Come," featuring Valente on vocals and destined for Elixir.

Other new album details, courtesy of the LAT, is rapper Q-Tip's appearance on MPLSOUND, which also features "trippy, experimental pop songs," Prince exploring Pro-Tools and the rave-up "Funky Congregation." As for Elixir, Prince said, "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," adding, "This music is nasty, but it's not dirty." Keep checking back for updates on the Prince front, including when the Lotusflow3r site finally fully launches.

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